|Title||'Doing time after time’: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of reformed ex-prisoners experiences of self-change, identity and career opportunities|
|Authors||Aresti, A., Eatough, V. and Brooks-Gordon, B.|
The study of desistance from crime has generated a wealth of research in the last few decades. Despite the many barriers ex-prisoners face when attempting to ‘go straight’ many successfully lead law-abiding lives. Two key features identified in criminal desistance are a shift to a pro-social identity and worthwhile employment or the development of a new career path. There is, however, little psychological knowledge available on reformed offenders' experiences of self-change. This study focuses on ex-prisoners' experiences of employment and career opportunities. Five male reformed offenders took part in semi-structured interviews. Data collected was subjected to an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Participants demonstrated that desistance involves a shift to a pro-social identity and that self-change was a positive experience. An important aspect to emerge was the conflict experienced by the label ‘ex-offender’, which had a contradictory influence on the men's sense of self.
|Journal||Psychology, Crime and Law|
|Journal citation||16 (3), pp. 169-190|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/10683160802516273|